Blooms! The crocuses have all finished flowering now. The vinca is in full bloom. The tulips are blooming and are almost past. It looks like they have doubled up. The jonquils are blooming. Tiger lilies, and day lilies are all six to eight inches above ground. The smallest ferns we have are all out and the interrupted ferns are furling out now by about eight to ten inches. Both of the wild violets we have are blooming in the lawn.
The apple is in full bloom, one pear is blooming, and the other is close to flowering. The lilacs, forsythia, rhododendron, and ground covers are all perking up and flowering or getting there. We’ve been rejected by a robin pair building a nest in the wisteria and rejected by a cardinal pair in our back rhododendron. We disturbed them too much I think. Someone has nested in our yew in the side yard, but I don’t know what type of bird yet.
The rain barrels are almost at capacity with rainwater.The grass and clover are about three to six inches high. They are seeding and spreading. I just cut the lawn and shouldn’t need to for at least a couple more weeks. We finished taking down the rest of the fence out front. Much more open now.
We also took out the rose bushes out front. I will miss them and their profuse blooming and wonderful smell in June, but was necessary so I could take care of that bed. I still have a little weeding and tending to do in most of the beds. We are redoing some of the other beds too, to make them easier to manage with my degenerative joint problem. The less bending, pulling, and stooping the better in the long run. Doing garden work crouched, on my knees, or on the ground used to be easy, but now it’s really too risky, so I have a garden stool to sit on to reach the ground. It works most of the time, but sometimes things are just too hard to reach or the ground is too uneven or something obstructs the area and I can’t use the gardening chairs. It will all work itself out in the end.
I hope you enjoy this set of photos. Another garden post coming shortly. Hope you are have a great May!